Trying to Make Money Online And Can't on Hubpages: What I am Doing Wrong?

When your coin jar is empty now is a very good time to ask what is wrong and how can I fix it.  You want money, it is worth teh time to fix up your hubs.
When your coin jar is empty now is a very good time to ask what is wrong and how can I fix it. You want money, it is worth the time to fix up your hubs.

"I am" Trying to Make Money on Hubpages... Now

Does this sound a bit like you on some days?: Help me, I am trying to make money on hubpages! I have published a lot of hubs, and at the moment there is not a lot of money.. in fact I can say that I have not made a dime. Does that sound like you some days?

This is a common complaint that many hub writers face at some point. Now, with Google AdSense and all of this business, writing does seem to take a "backseat" to how to make money here on hubpages.This also includes the Hubpages Ad Program since it is also somewhat harder to make money if you don't have traffic to many of these wonderfully fine hubs you have.

Now this person who asked the question stated that they have not made a dime, or a penny or anything else since they have been here. This is admittedly a problem, when your goal is to write for a financial freedom and your business plans are lost in the fog, you have every right to complain, except if you have not tried. Again making money is something we all want to be doing, but it doesn't mean that this will happen.

Still, this question also asked what was wrong with the hubs they have...

Traffic and Presentation

This is a business where text, or content, or your writing needs to follow certain ideas. Too long and you will not see success, too short and no one will stay for any length of time to make you money. There is also something called the business of presentation and traffic. Like a dinner they are both an art form.

The truth of the matter is people love to be entertained and they will pay to be entertained with pictures and videos and quizzes and polls. They want to see something that they never saw before. Or at least something they think they never saw before and then find it so useful they will spend the money they have.

If you publish great hubs, then people will stay and more likely comment or will do something with what you have worked so hard on. But you have to think of the reader, and also where they are coming from. In this case if they are followers, they will more likely come by and comment whereas if they come from Google or other search engines there must be something that they can get out of it.

If you want to make money you need to think somewhat like a retail business where store front presentation will get your customers in. Then, after you have people in your store it is up to your content-- what you have published to make people stay. What do you need to look for in a hub?

your presentation means traffic if you have the right message then it means money as well
your presentation means traffic if you have the right message then it means money as well

Increase Traffic...Hints

Here are a few things to look for in hubs that will drive traffic to your hub or take it away:

1) Break down of your content: Most of my readers probably do not know my hubs are on the high end of the hub word count. (For the record my how to hubs are about 1,000 or more words) but often most readers do not seem to notice. Why? I break down my content into 200-400 word sections.)

2) Having a photo right at the top of the hub: This is something that I have noticed that makes a big difference with a hub, as often, if you go online to a hub all you see on the page is a picture and without a caption. This is good, except that the google rectangular ad is then lower, and it is hard to want to scroll down only to find more pictures. About 200 words will do and then a photo with a caption.

3) Not having links especially between your hubs: There are great hubs out there, really great hubs, often better then my own, except that i link between my hubs to increase traffic. Some great writer do not. There is a link capsule for a reason, as not only can it break a text, if you put hubs that are similar close to the text you are focusing your readers to.

4) Nothing extra beyond a basic thing: Look, you can put videos and polls and quizzes and amazon and eBay, you need to do this. and you need to do it on hubs that you want to promote. There is no two ways around it. Add something that people will want to do, beyond comments!

Earning Money Means... Work

Those are basic what else do I need to do?? I need Money NOW!!

I am sure that everyone who publishes online wants to do the exact same thing you want to do and just as fast as you want to do it as well. The key is that you will have to work, and that also means that you will need to increase traffic.

You also need traffic from as many different sources as you can get. You need a lot of traffic to make a lot of money in this business. There is a thing called social networking and SEO... these are musts if you want to make money on hubpages.

Use the power of social bookmarking to your advantage, Stumble and Digg other hub writers to maximize this network. I personally will put a note that says that I have stumbled and "Dugg" a hub, use as many sources as you can, but also use places such as Xomba and RedGage and She Told Me, and page 360 and comment there on people's hubs.

It makes a huge difference in traffic. I make it a point to stumble five other hub writers hubs each day, in hopes to help them build traffic. This is a good thing. Help others and you will help yourself.

This will get traffic and will at some point make you money.

I have traffic I am not MAKING MONEY!!! great you have traffic, but where is your traffic coming from? Here is a list of traffic sources and what you might get from them.

Hubpages Traffic: For the most part these are your "reading and commenting" traffic often we hub writer will not click ads, for the simple fact that you can go from one hub to the next and... click on your own ad, which will mean years of hard work are down the drain.

Blog Traffic, Ezinearticles Links: I put these ones together since it is harder to get traffic from these sources without a lot of writing content. Now, It is my experience that I do make a bit of money with both but... but I have a lot of blog posts, and a lot of ezinearticles.

Social Networking Sites: These are sites like Stumble Upon and Digg, they get traffic, they have the potential to get you a lot of traffic... but your work needs to be popular, you have more of a chance to make money with these sites than with hubpages direct traffic.

Other sites, RedGage and sites like that: These do make more money than the above but gain you have to be active in posting your work here. You need to be active in adding your blog post and other things, and you also need to comment on others, same idea as hubpages... The more visible you are the better the chance of making money.

The Search Engines: Anytime you get traffic from Google or Yahoo or MSN (really all of these) and you find it high on your traffic sources begin to do the "dance of joy" as these are the ones which will often make you the money. If money is one of your aims, all three search engines should be in the top five of your traffic sources.

No Money... I Need

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you will need to stop this and work at it.

I am still not making money: Okay, next thing, look at your hubs again, but this time, look at your tags, a lot of the time, people will write a hub and not really look at the difference a tags ( this is what hubpages calls keywords) in terms of both traffic and making money.

There is a fine art to tags and one thing that will help you is your hub stats. Now, in this case I am referring to an individual hub. Here is a breakdown of what you need to look for.

1) Do you have at least 5 good tags which are found within your hub? Now, I mean if you are writing about making money, is the tag "making money" in your list? If not it needs to be added, or if hubpages doesn't suggest it you need to go back and read your hub and figure out why. Also, look at your hubmetrics, if you have a hub that has a symbol of 1 $ then it means this will not make you as much money as say one with 3 $$$ now, this is a rule of thumb and does not mean you will make a lot of money with the Google Ads you get.

2) Read your hub out loud and see what is missing. This is the fastest way to get ideas as to why you hub is not making money. If you have a title of "how to build a business" and you talk about your new website, do you think, honestly here!, that you will make money in the end? Often The hubs which are "self-serving" are the ones which do not do well. If it helps you and no one else, you will often not make money.

3) Does it offer anything to anyone? Now, this is more of a personal thing, but see if your hub is all text, this is not good, no one likes reading 1,500 words without having something for them, a video is a great thing and so is a poll which allows you reader to voice their views.

4) What about your tags? Are they needed or are you going to AdWords and picking words which seem to be the most "profitable"? yes look into AdWords and the keyword tool, but do not ever expect a a hub without any links or anything for other will make you money.. simply because you decided to use a "high paying word"... for the record the numbers you see on Google AdWords is the highest it can possibly go... and there are a lot of lows.

5) Too many or not Enough? What will make you money... look at your tags some of them say "hot" and well then you are dealing with a popularity contest where the presentation and value is everything. The more tags you have which say "hot" the less likely you will make money, there is a lot of competition

6) Check for one word tags: For example "writing" is very general, but adding the the keyword of say "Writing well" makes a difference as in searches people want something specific... do yourself a favor and do not overuse tags, but use the tags to your search-able advantage.

 The last word-- love what you do and be passionate about what you do, success in this business depends on passion but also on saying I can improve.

This means looking at yourself and saying that I can do better.  We all can.

To your success.

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misslong123 2 years ago from Edmond, Oklahoma

Wow. I so enjoy reading and learning from your hubs. I can't wait for the next one I step into. This one had such valuable information - in fact it was just what I was looking for and needed to know about. You must be a mind reader. I have been browsing hubs here and there for a while but this one gave me gravy boats of wisdom along with links to many of your other hubs on more subjects I'm craving to learn more about. Thank you for sharing your secrets so that others can succeed. Michele Kelsey


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Rebecca E. 2 years ago from Canada Author

peachpurple- I find Facebook and Twitter work only if you have "connections" with others, there are billions of people there who are trying to promote their work, but possible a few thousand who seem human.


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peachpurple 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

i did share with redgage, twitter, facebook, tumbler, linkedin, google plus and pinterest but none of my traffic came from there. why?


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Rebecca E. 4 years ago from Canada Author

WD Curry-- so you fouind a very old hub of mine-- I should really get to fixing it, I couldn't believe it's been nearly 2 years for this hub... so back to work at the fixiing part of it.

Thankfully I've made more than a few dollars myself, but this particular hubber-- i beleive is no longer on hubpages didn't. I do feel sadden they left, they did have great hubs.


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WD Curry 111 4 years ago from Space Coast

I've made a few dollars, but not many. If you are not making a cent, then something is wrong . . . tracking number, hacker steeling your traffic "gate", not active.

Obviously, the gig here is affiliate marketing. The most successful Hubbers write about glass bead jewelry and pancakes . . . they sell kits and maple syrup. They also have extensive social networks, and team with others to swamp their site on a daily basis. They have multiple sites and identities. They will work it so two of their avatars banter opposite sides of controversial issues to drive up traffic. These days there are apps, too.

There is one thing you can do. Proofread, especially if you doing instructional hubs.

"There is a link capsule for a reason, as not only can it break a text, if you put hubs that are similar close to the text you are focusing

When writing instructions, use as few words as possible. It must be clear and easy to follow.

"put hubs that are similar close to the text you are focusing" . . . I'm focusing text? No, I'm focusing on text, but that is too wordy for our purpose. The sentence should read more like:

There is a reason for the link capsule. It serves to break up text, and you can place a link to your other hubs.

(I don't think it is necessary to say similar. You can link to a different subject, or to a poem by the same author)

You have to generate your own traffic, of get in cahoots with someone who can. Not a cent?


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada Author

Millionaire Tips-- if you break up content and work hard at it, and keep one diting it, to improve you will see success. Aim for good content and keep going from there.


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Millionaire Tips 5 years ago from USA

A lot of great ideas in this hub - and still relevant after all this time. I am working on writing longer hubs and breaking them down into sections like you have here.


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada Author

Ara-- thank you.


AraYorum 5 years ago

This is a very interesting site. The content is very informative and I am so glad that I dropped by.


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada Author

Angela-- Thanks


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AngelaKaelin 5 years ago from New York

Very useful!


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada Author

helen-- hope these help come back and tell me how it goes.


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada Author

Sirrot-- the word coutn and breaks are deliberate, as for my blog you can find it on my profile =)

Adsense money go to URL channels and you can add hubpages and it will tell you starting from tthat point if it comes from hubpages.


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Helen Bolam 5 years ago from South Shields

Great ideas, will take any new information on board if it will help opitmize my hubs. Thank you.


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Rebecca E. 5 years ago from Canada Author

shafqat-- thanks for the comment, I try to help others improve theri business.


shafqat fdsa 6 years ago

This post provides it's highly more interesting info here. i really enjoyed it your post. I would like to read newer posts and to share my thoughts with you.thanks for all sharing great info here


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

hagbrian-- I hope this does help you and that you will see success soon.


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hagbrian1133 6 years ago from North Carolina

Thank you for the info. It will be very useful.I am still learning. Thanks again


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

nikmaya-- always happy to help, what did you find most helpful? It does take time and learning and any questions feel free to ask.


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nikmaya62 6 years ago

Wow.. Amazing hub,, many things I've found from this hubs. I face the problem like you've mentioned above. I hope I can do the best like you. Thanks for sharing much.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Eiddwen-- welcome to hubpages, just keep on writing what you love, not what you might think will make you money otherwise that money will not be as "welcome" getting paid is just one aspect to passion.


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Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

Thank you for this very informative Hub Rebcca E.I am still relatively new on here and initially began to write on here because

1.I love writing

2. I had so much to share with others etc I could end up with a very long list of reasons that are very true but of course the other aspect of maybe getting paid for something I love doing was more than a little appealing. Thank you again Rebecca E


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

trsmd-- I keep on trying to write well and to enjoy the writing I do with the help I give, thanks for the comment to your success.


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Trsmd 6 years ago from India

very good justification for having 1770 followers - the quality of the writing..


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Cheeky Girl-- good content will rise to the top all the time. And comments are a great way to tell what is still going strong and what needs fixing up to build up your work.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

goldandsilver-- keep trying to build your hubs, and linking them and then working on the methods. Good luck and yes keep us posted.


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Cheeky Girl 6 years ago from UK and Nerujenia

This is a marvelous Hub, Rebecca. Good content will always attract readers, and selling isn't everything. Writing about things that people are interested in and want information, and which is marketable - that can be a gift. there are Hubbers who produce many hubs but have few comments on them, and perhaps some need to step back and see what they need to focus on. Who reads what we write here? Connecting that to an income is the challenge. One well known hubber gets her ideas from the shopping channel! That will work! Yahoo lists the most searched for words on its main page each day. Celebrity sells.

Thanks for a great hub, Rebecca. Rating you up!


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goldandsilver 6 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

Great Hub. I am also interested in this area of stuff. I am currently working on a couple of systems. And some are showing results,...some aren't really. So, i will keep everyone updated on that. (these are internet programs)


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

jdaviswrites-- keep on writing, and learning I know you will see success. It will work... =)


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jdaviswrites 6 years ago from California

thanks rebecca E. - always learning from you and trying to use your advice whenever and as much as possible


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

art of legend-- you are most welcome happy to help.


Art of legend india.com 6 years ago

Thank you for information. nice hub.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

lewgard-- wow, I truly hope it helps you, and your friend, thanks.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

talford-- you are most welcom.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

cherriebum-- I certainly hope this hub helps you and gives you success.


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lewgard 6 years ago from Southern Michigan

Bookmarked as reference for a friend! Great article.


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talford 6 years ago from U.S.A.

Excellent! Well written and informative.


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cherriebum 6 years ago

wow rebecca! I really love this hub. I'm gonna bookmark it now.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Branch-- I hope this helps you and that you will see success... good luck!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

kandrawe-- your comment are apprciated, and valued. Good luck with your hubs.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

DaMan-- you are most welcome thanks!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

the clean life-- yes leaarning is key to making money, and if you are willing to do the work you will see success.


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BRANCH66 6 years ago from Pittsburgh

Hi Rebecca, I'm going over the info. from this hub to gain knowledge from its content. Thanks for the info. it provided.


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kandrawe 6 years ago from Tropical Country

Thanks for the aggregation instrument try to finish it in my hubs!


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DaMan92 6 years ago

Great Hub Rebecca E.


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the clean life 6 years ago from New Jersey Shore

Thanks so much for all the terrific information. I have learned so much on how to arrange the Capsules and so many other things. I voted up and bookmarked this hub.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

tonynosense-- yes it does, but I try to tailopr it to hubpages, but I also use it for other sites I have. Yes as long as your don't overpromote you will be okay with site promotion here.


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tonynosense 6 years ago from Japan (for now)

Much of the advice you gave also works for other types of internet promotion. I do not think it is a good idea to rely on any one method to make money online. Different methods can compliment each other too. For example, use your Hub Pages to promote your websites and vice versa.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Galensmom-- you are most welcome, I am happy to help out in any way I can. I hope that you will have a lot of success on hubpages.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Gift Experts- yes the ideas of placement from Marisa Wright and others have helped me improve... and they aren't afraid to say I need work...


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

jcales-- some do make enough to fill a p/t job, however the ones that do, tend to also have been on HP for a while.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

jeanie-- yes it is something which we can all learn and improve on. I am always happy to help out.


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Galensmom 6 years ago from Kentucky

Thank you for the help! I am just starting today and look forward mainly to sharing.. and if an income comes, I certainly have to thank you for that! loving hugs..

Marylynn


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Gift Experts 6 years ago

GOod tips. Also check out popular Hubs and see what they're doing, to follow along their guidelines - -i.e. not copy, just get ideas on setting up modules and links, etc.


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jcales 6 years ago

I am in the same boat. no money from hubpages . it is strange to say the least since I hear of people making good p/t money


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jeanie.stecher 6 years ago from Seattle

Again, another nice and useful hub Rebecca. Indeed making money online requires time and technique. And giving us your intelligent ideas is very helpful. thanks again. =)


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

time-- thanks for stopping by and commenting.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

brach-- yes when you don't have a job, think of it this way, it gives you a lot of time to write and to build the links you need to build your business.


Tim 6 years ago

Great stuff many thanks for the insight.


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BRANCH66 6 years ago from Pittsburgh

Yes, you hit me right in the heart with this. I'm very new to this online working market. I've always worked outside the home, I've been out of that environment for about two years now and in dire need of something to replace my unemployment income. Had about dozen or so interviews, Well I'm still unemployed and it sucks!!!!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

molson5070-- you are most welcome, happy ot help out.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Bloget-- thanks for stopping by and commenting


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molson5070 6 years ago from State College, Pa

these are some great tips! thanx


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Bloget 6 years ago from Minnesota

Nice Hub! :-)


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

candle62-- you are most welcome thanks for stopping by.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

MakeMoneyGoal-- a lot of people do not make money simply because they want it fast and give up long before they should, I've said this before, I took 4 months to make a payout from Google AdSense when I first began on hubpages, since then I have increase my AdSense income but I follow these steps all the time, and while it is a long process it does make money.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

swapna-- you are most welcome, and hope it helps.


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candle62 6 years ago from London

it was very helpful thanks


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MakeMoneyGoal 6 years ago from Edinburgh

Hi Rebecca E - I have been playing with the whole AdSense method of making money for months now here and in other places as well.

My feedback is that you need a whole lot of traffic to get anywhere making money with it and it’s very hard to get to that level for many people because it takes either insider knowledge or a lot of work or a lot of trial and error.

I have been there with all of the above and I know that a lot of people just give up. I am not one of those people though.

I have recently discovered a great way to leverage Hub Pages and a new social networking site that’s ideal for hubbers that I have been writing about this past few weeks.

I have been trying different things and finally found a way to make money using hub pages to promote this new site and also use it to promote your hub pages, it works fantastic and I made more money in the past few days day using this approach than I will make in two years just hubbing.

AdSense revenues for nearly all hubbers is nothing more than scraps from the table. You need to apply solid tactics and work at it to get a decent income from hub pages. Find an angle and crowbar it open!


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swapna123 6 years ago from India

Quite helpful for a new hubber like me


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

katie-- thanks for the stumble means a lot! welcome to hubpages....


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Tyrone-- you are most welcome thanks.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

wirttenbyshawn-- welcome to hubpages then, while it does take time to make money you will see after a while you will.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

breathe2travel-- thanks for the lovely comment, I hope I have helped.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

bd160900-- I couldn't have said that better myself, yes patience is a key and something everyone needs to have for success.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Kwyser-- go on and give it a fix, you can build it into two hubs and link them together.


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katie54321 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

Rebecca, thanks for the information. I'm pretty new to Hub Pages so anything I can get I am grateful for. I think I might have to "stumble upon" this article for my thank you.


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Tyrone Smalls 6 years ago from Edi, Isl.

VVVVEEERRRRRYYYYYYYY informative! Thank you!!!


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WRITTENBYSHAWN 6 years ago from Port William, Ohio

I am 1 day into hub pages with 1 hub posted. Excellent hub, I will utilize the information in my hubbing experience. Thank You


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breathe2travel 6 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

Informative & useful. Thank you.


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bd160900 6 years ago from San Diego

I think one of the biggest rules to follow on "making money online" is patience. If you have it, you'll most likely make money down the road. But I liked your article. Very informative!


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kwyser119 6 years ago

Thanks a lot! I'm gonna go change one of my hubs right now cause it's too long :)


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

vydyulashashi-- I hope so as well, people need a helping hand one and a while!


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vydyulashashi 6 years ago from Hyderabad,India

nice information and hope it will be as a guide to learners..


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Guarav-- thanks for the comment.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

virtual assitant-- you are most welcome, I am always happy to help out where anything is needed.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

mdscoggins-- if your hubs are good, work on the links to your hubs and the keywords, sometimes, your search engine traffic will look at the ads and they will not be the "same" as your content on your hub, be ont eh look out for that.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Arwen-- it is the traffic that helps, but also your keywords and links, work on those and you will see success.


Gaurav 6 years ago

nice research


virtual assistant 6 years ago

It really helped me a lot and hope it will be helpful for others also.Thanks a bunch for sharing such useful post with excellent content in it. virtual assistant


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mdscoggins 6 years ago from Fresno, CA

Thank you very informative as I feel like I have at least good hubs since I am new to this and I am trying to see why I have traffic and no earnings. Most of my traffic is from search engines which is good but I think I will go back and make some changes and take some of your advice.


Arwen Taylor 6 years ago

I just started with Hubpages and this was very useful to read. I think often the missing link is the traffic. You can have everything perfect in your hub but if you don't have traffic then you are not going to make money.

Thank you for writing this hub. It was very helpful.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

bbmyers-- blogs are great for a few links but also for some promtion done correctly.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Jennitasia-- money is a by product and if you love what you do, and it seems you will succeed in anything isf you love what you do.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

devsir-- thanks thanks and more thanks I am happy it has helped you,


bbmyers16 6 years ago

Very good to know! I never paid attention to my blog but now I'm back and ready to share. thanks! Check out my hubs and lend a few pointers if possible. Thanks again.


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Jennitasia 6 years ago from Arkansas

I try not to worry about making money, but write for the pleasure of sharing my thoughts with the world. Thanks for the pointers. Great Hub!


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devsir 6 years ago from Earth

Well Expressed, Well Explained, Well Formed, Well Told Hub. Great work. I have bookmarked it.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Mighty Mom-- It is my pleasure to do so. If it helps then it is good!


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Mighty Mom 6 years ago from Where Left is Right, CA

I'm always amazed at how freely you share your expertise. We are all richer for your presence here on HP, Rebecca! MM


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

K9keystokes-- you are most welcome thanks for the vote of confidence.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Springboard-- yes that too, it isn't a one size fits all. which makes it fun for people when they love what they do, allows you to get creative!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

shaz-- thanks for stopping by great to see you back!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

hello hello-- ha ha cute.. really you think? with eBay if you don't have an account you won't as it won't get credited to you... but it will work out in the end.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Suki-- don't worry you will get it in a while, it really does take time to understand.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

theora-- welcome to hubpages to your success.


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

I know I must sound like a broken record by now, but sound and interesting advice, even if I have to apply it somewhat differently considering most of my hubs are political commentary or otherwise op-ed pieces. I do get a lot of traffic, and I'm getting a lot of organic traffic, mainly from Google, as well...so a little tinker here and a little tinker there so far seems to be working. But like most things, it's an ongoing process of learning, and thankfully your hubs provide some help in that.


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shazwellyn 6 years ago from Great Britain

Popping my head up with the ususal thumbs up! x


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Gosh, you really have fans, almost like Michael Jackson hahaha. I am glad for you.

One two questions that bother me is about ebay. One, I don't get paid? Two, why does Hubpages have a capsule for ebay there?


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Suki C 6 years ago from Andalucia, Spain

thank you for great info - my trouble is, I'm not technically minded and find all the terms - 'back-linking' 'AdWords' 'keywords' very confusing - I know you keep it simple but my poor brain just won't take it in :)

Also, I've submitted a couple of my hubs to reddit and when I look at the traffic, a lot seems to have come from there, but overall it doesn't seem to make much of a difference to my lack of earnings at the end of the day!


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K9keystrokes 6 years ago from Northern, California

I always find your work so helpful. Thank you for the advice. I value your hubs greatly.

K9


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theora_sensei 6 years ago from Texas

Wow! I just started a hubpage today. This is some great advice. Thank you!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

newsjyoti-- wow, thanks for that very big vote of confidence, I am humbled by it.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

boyjyoti-- in this case the some money to me is okay, but agin I know I can improve, so I push myself. In terms of worth, well if you do 4 hours a day and do things to help your hub in the lng run, it is worth the time you spend... so it is more a personal choice.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Andrew-- I hope that they help out!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

hello hello-- just for ebay, as for amazon, it is based on people who acutally buy the books, and that you follow the hubpages difrections, and same with Google AdSense, read the FAQ about the AdSense application, and off you go.


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newsjyoti 6 years ago from NEW DELHI

Okay I make your 1600 by following you in my second ID too.


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boyjyoti 6 years ago

Hi there. Man! 1600 followers (by tomorrow morning), 156 hubs, 96 score.... and still if you say that you are making 'some' money makes me feel like quitting with grace. All we need is 'some' money.

Though you have very useful tips, one question remains is that in reality what is the value of our 4 hours daily we might spend here to achieve something anywhere close to yours. Large question is, is it worth? I mean especially if we are not as great writers or as great an 'idea-bank' like you.

Nice brains and nice job sir!


Andrew Langley 6 years ago

I am going to put these ideas into practice


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Gosh, I never thought I get to the bottom of this. So are you saying because I haven't got a website or blog I don't get paid?


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Bitten Once-- the traffic from social networking sites is the beginning to getting the needed links to making your hubs money... but you need more links.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Emma-- no, you can make money on hubpages, you will need time to do so, but a lot of people give up too soon.


Bitten Once 6 years ago

I think I have tried some of the above suggestion which you just listed but not all, like using a social book marking, but yet am not making money most times i get the trafic to my blogs and hubs but yet no money. Can you please review my hubs and tell me what am not doing right. Thanks for the information.


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Emma Zimmer 6 years ago from USA

Well, maybe you should try a different website to do it on, or email hubpages


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

SunnyGlitter- I'd say this will with some modification work for almost all sites where you are writing.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Pamela-- not a problem my pleasure thanks for stopping by!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Tesa-- I certainly hope you will have improvements and see them soon, both in your hubs and in your traffic!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

drbj-- ahahaha! good one! love it, those are the ways of comments aren't they! thanks for the comment!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

DzyMyzLizzie-- the ones I list tend to get more traffic, the reason I do not meantion sites such as FaceBook is the fact that while I add links there I have not had much success with them. There are about a couple hundred social netwroking sites out there, so many have a few favorites that they use.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

vocalchoach-- I beleive the google blog is called blogger. In a sense it is simialr, but it is not using google. When you use google you tend to me using the search engines...


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Sunnyglitter 6 years ago from Cyberspace

This was a great article. Although I'm new to HubPages, I write for other sites. Your advice is right on target.


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Pamela Kinnaird W 6 years ago from Maui and Arizona

Very good information, as always. Thank you.


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Tesa Adams 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

Thanks for great info, I will now go back and check my hubs against the suggestions you have made for improvement. Thank you!


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

In-depth, informative and intelligent as always, Rebecca. You're the WOMAN!


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DzyMsLizzy 6 years ago from Oakley, CA

Interesting. I've read quite a few of these kinds of articles, and they all mention posting on "social networking sites." Then, they proceed to list a number of them that I've never even seen or heard of, such as the ones in your article. What? I thought Face Book was a 'social networking' site...and Twitter...I do have a link to my hub pages as an e-mail signature, but it does not seem that folks bother to click on it very often.

As a person who writes fairly often, I do not always send a specific e-mail touting my new hub; it seems spammy, and I would not like being on the receiving end of constant 'look at my new piece' e-mails, so I offer the same respect to my friends/acquaintances. Now and then, I'll send an e-mail that says 'just posted a bunch of new items--check them out,' and add a specific link.

Part of the problem for Hub Pages users with incoming traffic is the 'no sign up/no comment' feature. Many, if not most people these days are reluctant to sign up on websites just willy-nilly so they can post a comment.

I've even gone to the effort of explaining that it's free, there's no obligation for THEM to write anything here, and that it helps my hub score...it has not mattered. Only about 3 people have bothered to sign up so they can comment. (And actually, I've had folks tell me that they couldn't even get IN to just read the piece without running across the sign-up monster. I don't think that's HP policy, but it could be a glitch that happens.)

It disturbs me, where we've come as a society, with such short attention spans that people can't be bothered to just READ. All this emphasis on pictures! My word! When I was coming up, by the time you reached high school, picture-enhanced books had faded off the charts. Picture books are for little kids who can't read well yet. I get lost in a 'good read,' and actually sometimes find the addition of pictures distracting, and that goes double for videos!

I'm looking for READERS! So, I guess I will never make any money here, because my views run so counter to the 'marketing trends.' But I guess that will have to be 'ok' because money is not why I came to HP in the first place. I didn't even KNOW about that aspect when I arrived.

Thanks, though, for a well-thought-out article.


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vocalcoach 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Very good information. Saving your hub in my favorites to refer to. Your articles are always so full of great tips.

We can all benefit from information like this. Your advice on using Yahoo, MSM and Google is new to me. I have a blog on google. Is that the same as using google? Hope I'm making sense - (it's 3:00 am yawn). You're the best!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

JOni-- I wish you success and know that you will make it.


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Joni Douglas 6 years ago

Great ideas Rebecca, I need to study up on this stuff. Thank you for sharing this.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

techno-hub-- ideally you should link all your hubs, otherwsie yes over time they will not rank well, I go to my hub stats on each individual hub to figure out which one needs TLC in terms of links.


techno-hub 6 years ago

Do you backlink all your hubs??

I think without backlinks hubs don't rank well.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

PAradise Forever-- I am pleased that this hub has helped, it is wonderful tyo get comments and yes even more fun to reply to them, it adds to all the hubs in my view. iwill keep on writing.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

dgraphicrookie-- welcome to hubpages then, and thanks for the comment, it does take time to build... but if you love what you do you will see success.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

mquee-- if you love what you do it will help you in the end and you will find that writing is a joy, but a lot of work... still enjoy the reading!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

easylearningweb-- I am happy to help out, I try to keep it simple and have found that I lvoe what i do, happy to help out.


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ParadiseForever 6 years ago from Chennai, India.

Rebecca, as usual, really superb informations here for building up the hubs exactly to earn good money at least in the long run, if not immediately. Tons of thanks for good ideas. I equally love reading comments of your hubs and your replies for the same. We indeed gain more out of them. It's very interesting! Keep writing!


dgraphicrookie 6 years ago

Great and well Written Hub. I hope to learn more as I am starting my hub adventure here at HubPages.


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mquee 6 years ago from Columbia, SC

This is a lot of good advice and makes me realize just how much work I have ahead of me. My traffic is up and down. Thanks for sharing this detailed information. This will require more than one reading.


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easylearningweb 6 years ago

Nice hub, Rebecca E. All of your ideas and suggestions make sense and are quite valuable. Thanks!

Easylearningweb


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

KoffeKlatch Gals-- said this once and i'll say it again, anytime you need to ask, send me an email, I am always ready to help.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Minnetonka Twin-- you are most welcome, thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment to your success on hubpages.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

cameciob-- content is great and you write some of the best my dear! tags are vital and some will work better than others so keep on writing.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Glenn-- welcome back i haven't seen you in a while I certainly hopes this all helps you!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

You always have such wonderful advice. You have been more help to me than you will ever know. Thank you.


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Minnetonka Twin 6 years ago from Minnesota

Voted up and useful. thanks for all the great tips. As somewhat of a newbie, I can use as much info as possible.


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cameciob 6 years ago

Hi Rebecca, you always write good hubs and put some rules of the game in place.

As for me...I think I need more content. Your hubs really helped me to see what I am missing on mine. Now, for example, I learned to be more careful with my tags. Thanks.


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Glenn Stok 6 years ago from Long Island, NY

So many useful tips. I always learn something more from you Rebecca. Thanks.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

shane-- my pleasure in helping out on hubpages. I am glad this has ironed things out!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

techno-hub--- many hubs do rank well in competitive wors, but these are the ones who have added "value" to their hubs, via adding links and learning about SEO... just begin to link to your hubs and you will see a difference.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Randy-- my pleasure that you will do this, I am so humbled by the supprt I receive on hubpages. It means so much.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

allpurposeguru-- I'd check out you tags to se what is going on usually it is tags and links...


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

dakas-- you simply try and keep on writing and you will see success.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Kangaroo jase-- I am so glad this has helped you, and I know you will see success in hubpages.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

pakpub-- to your success. I am happy this has helped you.. it will in time make you money!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Lora-- keep on writing and you will see success... I know you will


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

PegCole-- yes these site have helped me a lot and try them out, and get active in them and you will see results.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

hello hello-- eBay wants your website (or blog) it doesn't like individual hub writers for some reason....


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

2patricias-- for some reason i fogot the varables like say writing but not adding writing 101 and writing for a living so i am glad this has helped you!


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Mike-- Yes RedGage is so useful and adding other hubs and things to Digg is something I believe will not only help others but me in the long run.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

lorlie6-- thanks for the lovely comment I am always happy to help.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

Zarko-- yes money will come, and as you "grow" in hubpages it comes a bit better. Good things always comes to everyone.


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shane_75 6 years ago from Murrieta, Ca

Thank you for ironing this out.

Shane


techno-hub 6 years ago

Looks like earning money is soo difficult.HUb don't rank for competitive terms. I wonder how peoples make $1000 adsense and amazon and ebay. no traffic no money.


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RandyHolland 6 years ago from Vancouver, WA

Thanks for another informative Hub! Rebecca, you lay out the ground rules for Hubbing so nicely. I will pass your words of wisdom on.

Quality content is King! Persistence, consistence and patience will eventually pay off.


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allpurposeguru 6 years ago from North Carolina

I'll bookmark this, but I've got so many things bookmarked that it's hard to find anything in particular. Therefore, the nice thing for me about this hub is that I can reduce it to a simple bullet list and put that where I can refer to it often. Thank you very much, both for the content and how you organized it. (BTW, search engines account for 67% of my traffic, and I'm still not making money. Very frustrating.)


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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

I have much to learn. Thanks!


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Kangaroo_Jase 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

Simple, concise, well written and easy to digest nice hub here Rebecca, Cheers, Jase


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pakpub 6 years ago from Ohio

Very helpful tips for making money on Hub Pages.


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Lora Palmer 6 years ago from Warrington, Pennsylvania

Very useful and comprehensive information! I will definitely keep these tips in mind as I write my hubs. Thank you!


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PegCole17 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

This is exactly what I've been wondering about. I'll have to check out the sites you've recommended here RebeccaE. Thanks for all the great tips.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

My ebay account ask for my 'domain name' what do I put? Laately my numbers of clicks aregoing down like the Titanic. What do I wrong?


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2patricias 6 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

Good advice! Funny coincidence, for the past 10 days we have been making a concerted effort regarding tags. Until very recently we thought that tags could only be 1 word long. No idea how we picked up that thought, but it shows how your mind can get stuck. It is always worth reading and thinking about how to improve performance.


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Mike Lickteig 6 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

Your advice is once again right on the money--I guess literally and figuratively! Your advice about the other sites it important, even though it is sometimes difficult to give each of them the attention they need. I haven't been able to pay as much time to RedGage lately as I would like, which is a shame--I think it is a pretty good site.

I think it's great that you "stumble" five articles a day. If everyone did that, a lot of folks would be doing great.

Thanks again, Rebecca. Your advice is always so helpful.

Mike


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

Wonderful info as usual, Rebecca.

As always, thanks.


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ZarkoZivkovic 6 years ago from Serbia

You really addressed all of the issues with money making on Hubpages, really a great hub. My problem is too little content and I need more time, but I am seeing some increase in my adsense revenue from HubPages, so I'm not worried. It will come :)


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

pamela-- I think dory on finding nemo says it best "just keep writing just keep writing... writing writing!"


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

samsons1-- you are msot welcome! I am so humbled for all your support, keep on writing. You are needed here on hubpages.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

ns1209-- good luck with your hubs, and keep on writing.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

slatymick-- it is almost easy, but not easy, although it does become routine.


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Rebecca E. 6 years ago from Canada Author

tonymac04-- me look at yours?? OH MAN!! what an honour! wow, I never would have,,, way cool! thanks thanks thanks and more thanks!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

All good information as always. I just keep working to improve in all these areas. Thanks for your help.


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samsons1 6 years ago from Tennessee

voted up & useful! beautiful, thanks for this hub.


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ns1209 6 years ago from UK - England

Thanks for the information will try to implement it in my hubs!


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saltymick 6 years ago

So much information packed into one page, but you make it sound 'almost easy' Rebecca, though I am learning that it is not. Thanks again


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tonymac04 6 years ago from South Africa

Thanks for the helpful and inspiring read. I have bookmarked this one. Will do more of what you suggest. If you should happen to look at my Hubs and have some feedback for me I would really appreciate that very much indeed!

Love and peace

Tony

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